Israelis demand guns for all after stabbing attacks

By Faye Higbee

After a month of stabbings by Palestinians, many in Israel have become fed up with the inability to defend themselves. Some are now demanding that all Israelis be able to have guns. Within days, the number of applications for gun licenses rose from 100 per day  to 3,000 per day.

The Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Birkat, recently told his residents to get a firearm if they were legally able. He was recently photographed carrying a gun, and some people accused him  of not having the proper papers. So he produced them on-air to prove it.


Jerusalem mayor Nir Birkat produces his gun license on air

Guns for all

The problem? Not every Israeli can own a firearm. Due to the presence of Palestinians in Israel, they banned people from owning guns.

According to vocativ,

Taking a cue from politicians who’ve been seen toting weapons on the streets of their cities, many Israelis are demanding they too be allowed to arm themselves against the recent spate of violence.

The country’s education minister, Naftali Bennett, was photographed this week with a handgun tucked into the waistband of his trousers. The images were liked more than 9,000 times on Facebook. Some lauded the rightwing politician as Israel’s next prime minister. One wrote: “Soon, a gun for every citizen.” Another said: “Why only him? Why can’t every person have the right to carry one?”

Naftali Bennett, Israeli Education minister photographed with a gun

Gun ban

In a report, one Israeli media group stated that there are 14,000 Israelis still holding their weapons after their license expired.  It is still a huge dilemma for the government. One could call that a mass civil disobedience in light of the security situation with Palestinians.

Currently, most Israeli citizens aren’t allowed to own firearms. Members of the military, police officers, security contractors and people living in hot zones like the West Bank can own them. Considering Israel’s proximity to the Palestinians, we can understand why they thought it was a good idea in the first place, but it has turned into a major problem with the recent stabbings.

Easing restrictions

The people are demanding that ALL Israelis be allowed to possess a gun. Israeli’s minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan,  recently eased restrictions on who could have a gun, by saying that  “Citizens trained in operating the weapons are a force multiplier in the fight against terrorism.”

But it’s not about just people who once were law enforcement or military, it’s about gun ownership by all citizens who may need to defend themselves. One Facebook group, calling themselves the “New Liberal Movement” (seriously different from an American liberals), posted this comment:

“An armed society is a safe one. We welcome Minister Erdan’s easing on restrictions to get a license and hope that there will be more concessions in the future so more citizens can protect themselves and others.”

 guns for all

Screenshot of stabbing attack in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Do you want to be defenseless against this kind of violence?


The truth

Countries that have banned private ownership of weapons, or severely restricted them have been asking for trouble for a long time. The people of Israel have been literally under attack for decades – and lately consistently for a month. Though there are some easing of restrictions in play, the people are storming the licensing department for gun permits. Is this what YOU want for America? To be at the mercy of people who will kill anyone they can?

As Obama and others like him continue to push for gun bans, and have plans to do an executive order around the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment, we may be coming to mass civil disobedience. You’ll have to decide.

“The people of Israel want their weapons” this tweet says